The Detroit Lions will make their first selection in the 2013 NFL draft on Thursday, and fans continue to debate the possibilities. Should Detroit find Kyle Vanden Bosch's replacement at defensive end? Does it make sense to solidify the left tackle position and protect Matthew Stafford's blind side? How about taking a cornerback who can improve the secondary? Would drafting a guard make the most sense? There are pros and cons to each argument, and MLive.com writers Anwar Richardson and Justin Rogers will provide their in-depth analysis about each first-round possibility as the draft approaches. Today we tackle defensive end: How the scenario would play out: Most NFL draft observers believe Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher and Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel will be gone before Detroit's first-round selection (fifth overall). If a team sneaked ahead of Detroit and took Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, the top players in two positional areas of need would be gone. If Detroit has Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson ranked ahead of other players on its draft board, that might be a safer pick, but the Lions could chose to solidify their defensive line with a defensive end instead. Why defensive end makes sense: Detroit's defensive line is led by Ndamukong Suh. The Lions have high hopes for Nick Fairley this season. Jason Jones is expected to replace defensive end Cliff Avril, who signed with Seattle during free agency. Then there is ... ? BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has been compared to New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre Paul, and if he lives up to the hype, his addition would solidify Detroit's defensive line. He stood out during the Senior Bowl, and his raw athleticism makes teams drool. Ansah had 62 total tackles, 13 for loss, including 4.5 sacks in 2012.
Detroit Lions' 2013 NFL draft scenarios: Ezekiel Ansah or Dion Jordan?
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